Summary: I was concerned over the negative reviews when I purchased this unit. It’s been over a month, and all is OK at this point. I was able to use the auto config to get the 5.1 setup in 10 min. My unit sits between DirecTV and the 65” monitor (with bad audio), it now has a great audio with everything I watch. So far, I have to use the SONY remote to power up this unit, and use the DirecTV remote to do everything else. I’m sure it’s about selecting the correct code.
Great receiver. If looking for a sub $500.00 receiver, definitely check tho
M. Chotimongkol, Amazon
22 September 2014
Summary: Great receiver. I had read about this receiver on c/net.com. While c/net listed the DN840 as the better value, when I saw that the reduced price put the DN1040 on par with the DN840, I opted for the former. The design of the unit is clean and not overly cluttered as some receivers. My receiver was replacing my old Yamaha. I will admit that its taking me awhile to get used to the minimal display on the DN1040.
Summary: Had this receiver up and running for 4 days now and no hdmi problems what so ever. It seems either you get one with hdmi problems or not. Great sound quality on Movies and music. Moved to the sony from a yamaha rx v773 that didn't sound that great with music, to my ears anyway. The sony sounds much more balanced and no shrill highs like the yamaha. Only problem so far is lip sync issues with comcast cable. Tried the auto and manual adjust.
Summary: UPDATE: After the newest software update my DN1040 is working -for the most part- quite well. Some random notes: The good news is that I am hearing music differently with this receiver. Nuances that I've never noticed before. And when the HDMI works it works well. Airplay is awesome. Using the DN1040 to remote my iPod has some issues. Auto-on is a very nice feature, I turn my Directv on and the receiver comes to life.
Great sound and Connectivity, yet disappointing remote and wifi control
J. Brooks, Amazon
4 August 2014
Summary: Upgraded form an Onkyo TX-806 receiver. Sound quality far superior and wifi, airplay and bluetooth connectivity live up ot what Sony represented. However the remote control, is a throw back to the 80's and Sony's on-screen AV control app is minimally functional. However a 3rd party android app: "MY AV" is sensational. It is th equivalent to a Logitech 900 remote (which is not supported for this receiver) at a fraction $9.00 of the cost.
Summary: Bought this to replace Sony STR-DE935 which quit working after 14yrs. Stepped up to HDMI. Receiver works great, usually Sony quality. At first I was concerned about "B speakers" hook-up. I had outdoor speakers hooked up to b speakers on my old system. I did the same here but when I set speaker selection to b only it still played indoor speakers. I did some research and found that you must to select 2 channel stereo mode to prevent surround speakers from playing.
Summary: This is a feature rich, very nice receiver. It can accommodate two zones. However, you cannot operate both zones with two different sources simultaneously. For us, this is a deal breaker. We have a home entertainment system in our living room and outdoor speakers around our deck. Unfortunately, you cannot operate both at the same time with different sources (e.g. cable TV inside and radio station outside).
Summary: Overall very happy with the receiver. Thankfully I bought it from Amazon since after a few weeks the DVD channel went flaky and the SA/CATV input went intermittent. Sony didn't have a solution and they only offered to repair returned units. Amazon's no questions asked return policy sent me a new unit FedEx and in two days I had my replacement unit.
Summary: Background: Sharp 70 inch flat screen Sony BD player Comcast cable box HP tower PC PS3 Xbox 360 7.1 speakers- Pioneer SP-FS52 towers, 2 sets of SP-BS22 bookshelf, SP-C22 center speaker Mirage 12 inch sub ONKYO bookshelf speakers for Front Height placement). Logitech Harmony 900 Remote The room is a 15x14 room w/12ft cathedral ceiling. I have no need for a zone 2 as I have other systems available where needed.
Summary: UPDATE July 24: Sony Entertainment Network usage and mobile apps TL;DR: Buy it. It's awesome. Don't need MHL, the GUI, or the extra power? You can save about $150 and get the Sony STR-DN840. Otherwise, sorry for the length of the review and run on sentences. BACKGROUND I have finally upgraded my trusty Sony STR-DG800. I've been wanting to upgrade for years but would stop short of bringing out my wallet as I would get hints of what features the next receiver would have.